Morning Reads for Friday, November 2, 2012



  • Troubling consulate documents that the FBI missed (ForeignPolicy)
  • No Backup requested in Benghazi Attack, but rumors persist (DailyBeast)
  • How to run a Marathon in under two hours (WSJ)
  • How to stop a Hurricane before it devours (Gizmodo)
  • IBM makes next nano chip move in miniaturization dance  (Bits)
  • How a Warm Earth fueled Sandy’s advance (EnergyCollective)
  • Allison Janney talks movie about “West Wing” (CNN)
  • Obama and Romney each have “one final thing” (WaPo)

*More on this later today.


    • Stefan says:

      Are you unaware that the BLS just makes things up? I mean, it doesn’t of course, but how can you trust that job to government folks?

    • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

      Don’t be so sure. The anti-business Obama Administration is getting excited about the paltry creation of 171,000 in one month as if that number were 1.71 million jobs in a month.

      With the continued underperformance of the economy, particularly the job market, the only thing that Barry should win is the selection of the moving company of his choice for his family’s timely big move back to Chicago.

    • SallyForth says:

      Ed, not so fast sparky. There may have been 161,000 part-time seasonal holiday jobs created, but the number of unemployed people went up 578,000. The wonks in DC came up with a 7.9% unemployment rate – also up from last month. That puts Barry on the cusp of the 8% unemployment rate that no sitting president has ever beat, to the best of my knowledge.

      So put away the crying towels for now. This thing could still go either way.

      • Ed says:

        Remind me again how you’re going to overcome the message of September’s jobs figures revised upwards, more people looking for work, oh and that whole bit of 24 continued months of job growth.

        • Ed says:

          Which is really my way of saying Mitt and the Republicans are in a tough spot telling people the good news isn’t good.

          • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

            Mitt and the Republicans aren’t nearly in as tough of a spot as Obama and the Democrats are in telling people the news is much better than it actually is.

            Obama and the Dems are doing backflips over the creation of a paltry 171,000 jobs in one month, which sure, may be better than what had been projected and most certainly is better than the loss of 100,000-plus jobs per month, but when compared to previous recoveries in which the creation of 250,000 new jobs per month has been considered a low mark on average.

            24 months of continued very modest job growth isn’t much to hang your hat on when the “declining” unemploment rate doesn’t figure in the underemployed and those who have just simply given up looking for work and have completely dropped out of the job market.

          • SallyForth says:

            One tid-bit everybody is overlooking in today’s unwarranted happy dance and putting lipstick on the economic pig: we have fewer jobs today then when Obama took office in 2009. Net loss. period. the. end.

  1. Max Power says:

    Still huge lines for early voting in Cobb. If this is happening in other red states we could very well see a split popular/electoral vote.

  2. View from Brookhaven says:

    Looks like rain on Tuesday.

    The traffic is definitely going to hamper my ability to vote at every Fulton precinct.

    • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

      That’s why you have to take the advice of our friends in Chicago and get started voting early in your continued quest to vote often.

    • SallyForth says:

      View, don’t you have a mayor and some city council members to elect? But I like your plan of voting at every Fulton precinct better. 🙂

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